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「愛のナイトウ避行」 (Ai no Nai Touhikou)
“Loveless Elopement”

So when they say “Slice of Life”, I suppose you can take it as literally cutting a slice out of your life and animating it. What’s cool is that since we are all different people, all of our experiences are different – and what makes slice of life so great is that anyone can take that slice of whatever they’re showing and almost feel like they could be a part of that, even if that person has never experienced it. While there have been a ton of misses in this genre, I have always felt that when slice of life is done right, the rewards are just so sweet. Which is exactly how I would describe this week’s Sore Machi – sweet. I don’t know how many readers out there have an older sibling, but I don’t. Being the oldest in my family I never had an older figure to follow around or learn things from. While I never really wanted someone to show me the ropes, I figured it’d be nice to have someone like that. Here is where the whole slice of life part fits in – Takeru comes back this week and slowly starts to experience the thrills of a grownups life. For starters, after getting suckered into drinking a disgusting “Vitamin C” energy drink he can’t sleep. Being the great older sister she is, Hotori decides to take Takeru on a midnight stroll to use up his abundance of extra energy. From here on out, I’m not entirely sure what got me, but I was just in love with the entire episode from here. Probably due to Hotori being such a great older sister and acting like it, I couldn’t help but smile as Takeru made his first journey being outside late at night. From showing Takeru all the nifty spots throughout town, launching an acorn straight at Sanada’s face, to blowing his mind with the concept of “midnight” and how yesterday was only a few minutes ago – Hotori felt like a totally different character. While I wouldn’t say was was being responsible, it felt like she was more mature than usual. Maybe it was from Takeru looking up to her as his older sister, or maybe it was this, but I wouldn’t mind having Hotori be like this more often. Right at the end Takeru brings up a pretty interesting point – just how often does Hotori go out for midnight strolls anyways? I gotta say, after Hotori gave the entire “after hours” tour of the city, it doesn’t surprise me she’s always tired in the morning.

Not to forget the other main man this episode, Eroyu.. Sanada really goes all out with trying to grab Hotori’s attention this week. Somehow, I can’t help but feel that Sanada might be the perfect match for Hotori. Not only do their inner personalities seem like a match made in heaven (they tend to talk to themselves a lot) but just like how Hotori takes her horoscopes seriosuly, Sanada catches a stupid fortune on TV about how taking a trip with the girl he likes will help bring him closer to her, and ends up taking it seriously. The timing for his plan to take a trip with Hotori could NOT have been more skillfully planned. After Hotori tells him a touching story about how she failed to make it to class on time by a few minutes, she quickly passes out on Sanada’s shoulder. After he freaks out from pure happiness, he is pitted with two choices – get off of the bus in less than one minute to go to school and ruin his romantic moment with Hotori, or travel past school and go as far as possible in hopes of “traveling enough” to make the fortune to come true. Choosing the latter, I totally expected Hotori to explode with rage especially when she specifically woke up extra early just to make it to school on time. Of course, Hotori being herself did the exact opposite, not only completely forgetting about being late and deciding to skip school entirely after Sanada suggests it. I don’t know if Sanada really got the experience he was hoping for but it looks like he managed to have a good time. Of course Sanada’s day can never end well, and after he mentions spending time with her back when they were kids, Hotori brings up an old memory of Sanada ditching her in the past – leaving Sanada in shame. Sorry Eroyuki, but at least it wasn’t porn this time!

 

Preview

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November 20, 2010 at 3:47 am
35 comments »
  • November 20, 2010 at 3:48 amKyzel

    IRC is soooo fun ^_^

    • November 20, 2010 at 8:41 pmKyzel

      After just watching this episode, I don’t mind the lack of our beloved Futaba-senpai, Hotori really slayed me enough, and made Eroyuki do a Kamina-esque death scene (well deserved) was a pretty enjoyable scene. I’m loving Chiaka’s voice more and more specially after Mitsuba from SYD… <3 Ahhh Thanks Takaii for posting even though it was very late for you. :) I am still going to say ambiguous as my answer~ Sorry. <3

      • November 21, 2010 at 4:54 amShinjiro

        I find Chiaki san’s voice perfect for Hotori! Much like some people, I grew to really enjoy her voice acting a lot more than from her Soul Eater’s days.

  • November 20, 2010 at 4:13 amKirino

    Just finished watching it.
    When Sanada came out with a metal bat, I nearly fell off my bed xD
    I don’t even remember when I first stayed up past midnight.

    There was some good fanservice at the end :). Her brother must still be quite innocent if she allows him to bathe with her.

  • November 20, 2010 at 4:14 amEliteF22

    The hopped up on energy drink style reminds me of king of the hill.

  • November 20, 2010 at 4:57 amjakajaka

    btw, i found the preview very funny.

  • November 20, 2010 at 5:33 amoutcast

    YOu are who you are depending on the people around you. I like how hotori is around her little brother.

  • November 20, 2010 at 6:04 amgnomtastic

    The only thing that sucks is that Sanada is to hyper of a character i like the rest of the anime and i like to see Hotori naked in a tasteful way.

    • November 20, 2010 at 5:54 pmcrazystudyguy

      Ye nudity in a tasteful way is always welcome, hate it when it becomes fanservicy,echi and just plain excessive ->HOTD

  • November 20, 2010 at 6:44 amentropy

    This was the energy drink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipovitan

  • November 20, 2010 at 7:09 aminfinite

    Man, Im in love with Hotori or it just might be her VA Im in love with. Either way I love watching Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru every week.

  • November 20, 2010 at 7:30 amzmil

    awesome episode

  • November 20, 2010 at 8:37 amunderMebius

    Haha, it’s the elder sibling syndrome. I noticed I was acting the same as Hotori’s, showing off, when I was with my little sister.

  • November 20, 2010 at 9:16 amRockmanshii

    This episode was so funny, and when I was a kid my big brother did the exact same thing to me, telling me because I stayed up at midnight I’ll be locked up in a paradox between the two days lol.I understand what you mean , now that’s slice-of-life done right.

    • November 20, 2010 at 9:17 amRockmanshii

      And that Lupin/Zenigata tsukkomi joke, oh god.

  • November 20, 2010 at 10:00 amActar

    30 extra lives!!!

  • November 20, 2010 at 10:26 amcrazystudyguy

    Ahhh late night wondering, me and my bro used to do that when traveling in China lol at 3 am there are still plenty of people on the streets selling meat on sticks, cooked corn and things i can only hope was food… good times good times

    • November 20, 2010 at 4:52 pmShirt

      I remember the night when I was traveling home from work late. I was sitting on the train and it wasn’t terribly full but the seats were for the most part “full”. All of a sudden, I felt a head press against my shoulder. It was this really beautiful woman dozing off on MY SHOULDER! What did I do?

      I let her sleep, that’s what I did. Felt like a pimp. Oh yeah..~ Funny enough, I woke her up when I had to get off the train and she said thanks because she was getting off there too. (shoulda got her number.. >_<)

      Good times. Yes.. good times, indeed.

      • November 20, 2010 at 5:50 pmcrazystudyguy

        OMG I thought that only happened in manga and amine you lucky guy, you must have used up all your happiness points, good karma or what ever dictates for that to happen.

        But if that’s possible there’s still hope out there XD and ye you should of had done something, getting her number may have been too much, maybe a bite to eat just say you don’t like eating alone. If it was an anime im sure you two would have met up again but ahh a 3d life is cruel….

      • November 20, 2010 at 6:27 pmShirt

        Don’t worry. I’m prepared this time. Keima is my sensei. I’m a pro, thanks to him! 8D

  • November 20, 2010 at 11:23 amoutcast

    Ah what an emotional rollercoster. Better write it down in my diary before i forget. Wait 2 lines that’s it? lol.

    Hotori was surprisingly breathtaking when she said that stuff about there was life besides their own little world and that it was breathtaking and vexing at the same time.

  • November 20, 2010 at 11:37 am1Lau

    This was a sweet episode, but wait Hotori showering with her little brother Takeru? O.o
    http://randomc.net/image/Soredemo%20Machi%20wa%20Mawatteiru/Soredemo%20Machi%20wa%20Mawatteiru%20-%2007%20-%2040.jpg

    • November 20, 2010 at 12:42 pmP0NCH

      From what I understand, in some countries it is not uncommon for siblings or family to bathe together. When I was young and living in Taiwan my cousins and I would take baths together.

    • November 20, 2010 at 3:18 pmKirino

      A lot of times, young children are able to bathe with their older siblings/parents. YOUNG children. Once they reach puberty, they’re gone.

      Take Mitsudomoe for example: Futaba bathes with her dad all the time.

  • November 20, 2010 at 12:36 pmP0NCH

    This episode was unexpectedly sweet :D
    Soredemo always makes me smile, and brings back fond memories of my youth.

  • November 20, 2010 at 12:57 pmDawn

    Yeah another great episode.

    The lil brother cracks me up, I want to see more of him but..this is one of those series that each week I want to see every damn character MOARRRR! :P

  • November 20, 2010 at 2:28 pmFabio

    Hey Megane, where’s Ataru? :p

  • November 20, 2010 at 2:57 pmShinjiro

    Hotori was super sweet again this week. Wished Futaba to have made an appearance.
    Always a great fun to watch Mawatteiru <3

  • November 20, 2010 at 4:38 pmShirt

    Hotori is super hot again this week. Why isn’t P-Ko as exciting and funny? (perhaps the difference in screentime?)

    • November 20, 2010 at 7:05 pmentropy

      Because she’s in love with a “kappa”? lol

  • November 20, 2010 at 5:17 pmDecel

    This week’s episode really set a new ceiling about story quality for the show so far. Both segments were really great.

    Takeru’s attitude felt genuine, as well as Hotori’s big sister act (I’m also the oldest of 3).

    Rooting for Sanada ever so more :P

  • November 20, 2010 at 8:15 pmKarmafan

    The line of the week had to be him telling Hotori mom wants him to grow up to be a lawyer so he can defend his sister. thats a golden gem right there!!!!

  • November 20, 2010 at 8:44 pmponpon22

  • November 21, 2010 at 4:09 pmnewlight